Saturday, April 05, 2008
Few Critter views but loads of water
The closest trees that you see here are close to the bottom of the levee. The trees further out are on the bank of the Mississippi. If you click to enlarge the photo, you can see the barge out there on the river.
Here's a closer look at a barge traveling up the river(on the left) and one traveling down river. I zoomed out as far as I could to get this shot.
This is a house that was built just last year near the bank of the Mississippi River. The levee, from where I took this shot, is about 1/2 mile from the house. The people who live here are having to boat in and out. The water surrounding the house is covering farm land that will have to wait to be planted until after the water drains off and the land dries enough.
We didn't get to travel down the part of the White River levee where all the deer and other critters would have likely been today due to the Army Corp of Engineers having that part of the levee closed off because of the flooding. I was very disappointed that the only critter photos I was able to get were of a few ducks, a crane, and a few fishermen. We did see 1 doe deer and a bald eagle today, but I wasn't quick enough with my camera to get shots of them.
The White River was flooded levee to levee down the part we were able to travel, and as you can see from the photos above, so was the Mississippi. The flood stage at Helena, near where we live, is 44 ft. and today the river stage is about 46.1 feet.